Rally Round the Flag: The American Civil War Through Folksong

Presenter: Marek Bennett

Marek Bennett presents an overview of the American Civil War through the lens of period music. Audience members participate and sing along as the presenters explore lyrics, documents, and visual images from sources such as the Library of Congress. Through camp songs, parlor music, hymns, battlefield rallying cries, and fiddle tunes, Bennett examines the folksong as a means to enact living history, share perspectives, influence public perceptions of events, and simultaneously fuse and conserve cultures in times of change. Showcasing numerous instruments, the presenters challenge participants to find new connections between song, art, and politics in American history. 


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Event Details


Tuesday, September 19, 2023 7:00pm


Belmont Mill, 4th Floor, Penstock Room
4 Mill Street
Belmont NH 03220

Hosted By:

Belmont Historical Society

Contact Info:

Christine Fogg